Easy Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans are easy enough for weeknight dinner but special enough to serve for holiday dinners as well! This family favorite recipe will be your go-to vegetable side dish!

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Nanou’s Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic

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When you love food as much as I do, there is nothing better than marrying into a family full of excellent cooks. So I did just that! As I mentioned in this post and this post, J’s mom makes some pretty delicious food. This makes sense considering the fact that she learned from one of the best, J’s grandma, who we all affectionately call Nanou.

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She also had some incredible recipes, which she was gracious enough to share with us. One such mainstay at our dinner table is her garlic green beans recipe. Blanched or steamed green beans that are then sautéed in mix of butter and olive oil. Minced garlic adds that rich, garlicky flavor without being overwhelming and fresh parsley adds the perfect amount of herbaceous freshness.

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Tips for making garlic butter green beans:

  • Use fresh green beans. Sure, canned or frozen can be slightly quicker, but the fresh ones have the very best texture.
  • Blanching green beans is helpful in speeding up the saute process later in the recipe and helping get just the right texture, but make sure you run them under cold water immediately after (or plunge them into an ice bath) to stop the cooking process until they get into the saute pan.
  • Give the garlic a couple minutes to saute in the butter and oil before adding the green beans. One of the first times I made this, I was rushing through it and didn’t let the garlic cook much. As you can imagine, we were all in for a rude awakening in that first bite! Still tasty, but letting it cooking a bit will develop that delicious garlic flavor without the edge.
  • Don’t skip the parsley! Seriously, this makes the dish!

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Helpful tools:

  1. Garlic press
  2. Large saute pan
  3. Wooden spoon
  4. Saucepan
  5. Chef’s knife
  6. Cutting board

Garlic Green Beans is one of my favorite side dish recipes! It's easy to make and pretty healthy with Crispy Green Beans sauteed in a skillet. Fresh parley adds a great, herbaceous brightness with a little bit of butter and garlic. This is special enough food for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal and also great in a pinch on a busy weeknight!

Tutorial for making garlic green beans:


Easy Garlic Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Garlic Green Beans are a family favorite side dish recipe. They're super easy to make with a few simple ingredients like fresh green beans, garlic, butter and fresh parsley and are pretty quick to! Easy enough for weeknight dinner but special enough to serve for holiday dinners as well! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic green beans
Author: Sylviane Reepmaker
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2-4 Tablespoons salted butter (you can halve it with olive oil if you want to make it a bit healthier)
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper. to taste
Instructions
  1. Blanch the green beans for around 7-8 minutes and drain well. Run under cold water to stop cooking.

  2. In a saute pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.

  3. Add the garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until fragrant.

  4. Add the beans and the parsley and mix all together.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Please note- like all the best family recipes, there are no true amounts, it all goes by taste (and really, I always encourage you to taste your food as you go along!). That being said, the measurements given are based on how I make it when I cook it for my family. Feel free to adjust the amounts as per your preference.

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Garlic Green Beans are a family favorite side dish recipe. They're super easy to make with a few simple ingredients like fresh green beans, garlic, butter and fresh parsley and are pretty quick to! Easy enough for weeknight dinner but special enough to serve for holiday dinners as well!

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16 Comments

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    Marina @ Parental Journey
    September 13, 2016 at 2:06 am I really love green beans - and this recipe seems easy enough to put it on my menu calendar :) Marina @ Parental Journey recently posted...50 Ways To “Ruin” Your Toddler’s DayMy Profile
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      Jessy
      September 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm Me too, Marina- it's so easy and delicious!
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    Kate
    September 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm This would be perfect with a roast or for Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining us this week at the Merry Monday link party! We hope you can join us again next week! Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com
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      Jessy
      September 15, 2016 at 10:14 am Thank you- there will definitely be part of our Thanksgiving dinner!
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    CJ @ Morsels of Life
    September 17, 2016 at 7:05 am These look like some delicious green beans! I bet the garlic adds such wonderful flavor. :) CJ @ Morsels of Life recently posted...Mexican PizzaMy Profile
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      Jessy
      September 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm Thank you- Garlic makes everything better :)
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    Fiona Saluk
    November 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm I literally have had a bag of green beans sitting in my fridge the past few days and I couldn't figure out what to do with them...this is simple but perfect! Tomorrow's dinner it is!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 8, 2016 at 10:33 am Awesome- please let me know how you like them :)
  • Reply
    Lauren
    November 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm I'm going to try and add a dash of fresh Parmesan cheese!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm Lauren that's an excellent idea- I bet it'll be fantastic! Let me know how you like it :)
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    Kim
    June 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm Oh so good! My grandson is a picky eater - he asked for more!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      June 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm Awwwww, I'm so happy to hear that! I know Nanou would have been thrilled about this comment if she were here!
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    Carolyn Ingram
    November 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm This looks amazing!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm Thanks Carolyn :)
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    Faith McLamb
    November 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm Do you know the carb/calorie count? :)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 24, 2017 at 8:45 am Hi Faith- Sorry, I don't have that info. But you can plug the ingredients into a calorie calculator like caloriecount.com. Happy Thanksgiving!

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